May 1, 2016


Man allegedly drank 12 beers before crashing in intersection

LORAIN — A man who told police he drank a 12-pack of beer is accused of taking a friend’s car, crashing at a stoplight and running off, according to a police report.

Jeffrey Kent, 46, of Lorain, was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal, driving while impaired and while under suspension, implied consent to a test and leaving the scene of an accident Wednesday.

About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the intersection of Homewood Drive and Grove Avenue after reports that a car crashed into two other cars at the traffic light.

Richard Fauth, a witness, said he saw a car drive south through a red light on Grove Avenue and hit a car that was coming through the intersection, according to the police report.

The first car then spun around and hit a third car, according to police. Fauth told police he saw the driver of the first car, who was later identified as Kent, run east from the scene across Grove Avenue.

Joanna Findley, 53, the driver in the second car, was taken to Mercy Regional Hospital and was treated and released the same day.

Police followed footprints in the snow until they found Kent sitting on a bench behind a house on the 3900 block of Gary Avenue.

Kent told police he was driving the first car when he crashed at the intersection.

He said he had 12 beers during the day before driving and couldn’t stop because of the snow, according to the report. Kent told police that after he crashed his car, he ran because he didn’t have a license and he’d been drinking, according to the report.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

About Anna Merriman

Anna Merriman is the police reporter for the Chronicle-Telegram. She can be reached at 329-7245 or her on Twitter.